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About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)

 
 

Trakdot

If you’ve ever lost luggage while flying, you know it’s beyond annoying. How do you fix that problem? Put the Trakdot™ inside your bag to ensure that never happens again- you’ll know exactly where it is when you take off and land. The Trakdot uses micro-electronics to connect to local cellular networks and gives you a text message to report the location. Learn more at Trakdot.
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Price: $49.99
Availability: Buy Trakdot here

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El Gringo – Wall Mounted Surfboard Rack

Make Co., of the Make Bike Rack fame (which we’ve posted before), now brings us this Wall Mounted Surfboard Rack called El Gringo.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but there aren’t so many surfboard racks that look at home in your living/dining/hallway area as there are that look like a store display system. And you certainly don’t want your home to feel like you’re selling surfboards, do you? Choose between steel or stainless steel; both versions have cork pads to protect your board. There’s also a small hook for hanging your towel and/or leash. Oh, and just one last thing- if you’re making time for surfing at this tail-end time of summer, you must be doing something right. Long distance high-five from me.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Make Co.

Driftwood Wall Hooks

Whoa, lucky for us, some customers of a certain store didn’t purchase all of the colored driftwood hooks by Keil Mead at full price. Regularly $25, now you can add a few to your home for $9.99 each. Perhaps hang a few along the entrance hall, or in the closet or bathroom? They won’t last long at this price, so best act quickly if you’re interested. Available in Green, Orange, Pink, or Red.
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Price: $9.99 (sale)
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Arne Jacobsen Tea Towel Set

If you love the work of Arne Jacobsen, you might as well get his typography Tea Towel Set alongside your Jacobsen cups and perhaps the Jacobsen Milk & Sugar Set. Not to worry, I’m sure there are more items to come along- let’s just hope the powers that be don’t go crazy and plaster his 1937 typography over every possible thing (like they did with Pantone).

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Price: $26.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Fair Trade Basket Collection

Baskets aren’t usually the first thing you’ll find in a modern interior, but this Fair Trade Basket Collection possesses a sharp, sculptural quality that would do well whether used as objets d’art or as functional storage pieces. Made from palm wood, these baskets would normally warp over time, but Piet Hein Eek chose to string thin slats together to allow for shrinking and expansion.
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Price: $169.00 - 263.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

The Pattern Box: 100 Postcards

If you like patterns and postcards, you’d best snap up this box set now. Curated by New York City’s Textile Arts Center, this collection has one hundred designs from ten international designers. I’d be tempted just to keep it as a pattern resource for inspiration purposes, but then it’d be a shame not to share such interesting postcards with friends and family (and postal workers, of course).
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

Friday Links

  • Nice transition from floor tiles to hardwood
  • When ‘Smart Homes’ Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger’s House Via The Internet (via TYWKIWDBI)
  • A House Built from Salvaged Materials Physically Transforms into an Open Air Theater
  • Earth’s Seasonal “Heartbeat” From Outer Space
  • Measuring the sky, the handy way
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    Not many links this week due to vacation/travel; that reminds me, if you’ve sent an email in the last week or two, it’ll be a while before you’ll get a response. Have a superb weekend!

    Charbonize Bag & Sleeves

    Simple and utilitarian are two of my favorite adjectives when describing gadget sleeves and bags, so of course this collection by Charbonize gets a spotlight. Using vegetable tanned leather and recycled wool felt, each piece is created by hand in their workshop and follows the aim of “being simple, timeless and functional”. And don’t worry, the wool is anti-piling & water repellent. Now available in the US via HORNE.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $265.00
    Available from: HORNE

    Grey Dot with Orange Rug

    If you need a soft surface on that ‘fifth wall’ of your living area or bedroom, do consider a this grey dot rug with subtle orange lines. It’s a quiet color scheme with that little hint of color, which means it’d be easy to work some designer magic by adding a few orange accents- maybe a pillow, maybe a lamp, it’s up to you. After you’ve added a couple of color accents, your room will look more pulled together and, dare we hope, semi-pro.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $399.00
    Available from: CB2

    Flip Mirror

    Oh, here’s a good idea- let’s compare the state of our bathroom countertops. Are yours organized, clean, and perfect? Mine are clean, but they’re certainly not organized and perfect. Do you have a table mirror to trim any unwanted head or facial hair, or apply your more detailed makeup wizardry? I do, but it’s not as nice as this one. Inspired by a rear-view mirror, Javier Moreno designed this mirror to swivel up, down, and rotate 360 degrees. And, thankfully, there’s a nice catch-all tray at its base to corral your smaller items.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $120.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Void Pendant Light

    Look at this beauty. It’s not new, but it is something worth revisiting for its shiny, spectacular surface. Each light is made from solid metal sheets that are pressed, spun and brazed to form the double walled shade. Referencing the Olympic medals, the Void Light is available in three metallic finishes: brass, polished stainless steel and copper. The halogen light provides a ‘soft directional beam’.
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    Price: $615.00
    Available from: YLighting

    Manual Paper Shredder

    No electricity needed, just a little elbow grease and your sensitive documents and bills are shredded lickety split. Let me guess, you like that a) it uses manual labor rather than electricity, b) you won’t need to worry about your tie/necklace getting caught and potentially strangling you, c) you’ll finally get some exercise, d) your workspace will be rid of that loud paper shredder noise, or e) all of the above.

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    Price: $44.00
    Available from: HORNE

    Hold Cookbook Holder

    There’s a bunch of cookbook holders out there, but this stainless steel one has the advantage of a smaller size and a sizable heft that will hold any cookbook open. It fits perfectly across a book and into the binding, and, as an added bonus, it would store well alongside your other cooking utensils or you can even hang it on a nail if you prefer.

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    Price: $34.00
    Available from: Rare Device

    Noi Dining Table

    There are quite a few minimal dining tables out there in the marketplace, some of them quite affordable, but not very many of them can claim remarkable craftsmanship in the way the top meets the base. If you look closely, you’ll see that the Noi Dining Table’s surface rests within its steel frame, giving an ultra-slim look and a very durable edge. And, not to worry if you want a specific size or color; Ohio Design offers a good selection of options.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $849.00 - 1249.00
    Available from: Ohio Design

    Carafe Pinson

    This carafe by designer Céline Frébault (in collaboration with the Sentou gallery) incorporates a rather odd beaker-like handle, which fills when the carafe is full. As far as carafes go, it’s definitely got a high end (semi-mad-scientist?) look… any guesses as to the price? Is it $50, $100, $200?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $115.00
    Available from: thevitrine.com